Hi there, Altenew friends! Let me begin today by wishing each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday! And remember, it will be a new year in a week’s time; the diet can start then.

I have a series of cards to share with you today – all of which are so beautifully simple, they’re simply beautiful! It’s fun to use all the products, and try all the techniques and spend several hours to make just one over-the-top gorgeous card, but sometimes we need a stack of beautiful cards and time is of the essence! I think you’ll like today’s solution!

I used the Floral Garden Stamp Set from the New Day Card Kit for today’s cards. This set is a series of single layer solid stamps and work beautifully for black silhouettes against a colorful background or for emboss resist techniques, again, with a colorful inked background. But today I used them with my waterbased markers in order to get some simple shading and blending.

The nice thing about this technique is the opportunity to achieve multiple colors with just one stamping. For example, on the cards above, I colored the blooms with two shades of markers, usually a brighter color around the flower center and then a lighter, analogous color to mix with the darker, and going right to the edges. On the stems, I mixed a warm green color with a cool blue-green color, taking no care whatsoever as to where the color fell.

I did try to work swiftly, but not so much that I was feeling panicked or anything. Once the stamp was colored up, I “huffed” on it a couple of times to re-moisten the ink and pressed it firmly onto the paper. I like a smooth cardstock for this technique because it has a finish that allows the color to blend on its surface before it absorbs completely into the paper fibers. It allows enough time to use the Watercolor Brush Markers to reactivate the ink by daubing onto some, but not all, of the stamped image and even in some places to draw the color out of the image boundaries to fade away.

On some of the flower stems, I added a stamped flower center as well. Then I die cut the stamped images into a rectangle, added a stamped and heat embossed sentiment, a colored cardstock mat, and adhered them to coordinating patterned papers.

The card above is stamped with a sentiment from the Inked Rose Stamp Set, and heat embossed with platinum embossing powder.

The Happy Birthday sentiment for this card is one of the many basic, and very useful sentiments included in the Floral Garden Stamp Set.

This card was fun! After I colored and stamped the flower, I used one of the larger sentiments from the Kind Words Stamp Set to repeatedly stamp all over the die-cut card panel. I used Industrial Diamond Ink, stamping off once onto scratch paper and the 2nd time onto my cardstock. The sentiment for this card is also part of the Floral Garden Stamp Set.

The sentiment on the card above is found in the Forever and Always Stamp Set.

You’ll recognize the patterned papers on the two cards above as part of the Reflection Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad. The “blessed” sentiment comes from the Build-A-Flower: Gardenia set and the “love” sentiment is also in the Floral Garden Stamp Set.

This type of “same but different” card making works well for making a set of cards that are identical and for a specific purpose, but doing a variety of sentiments also makes for a lovely “set” of handmade cards that can be gifted. I hope this encourages you to pull out your waterbased markers and give coloring your stamps a try! Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!

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New Day Card Kit
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Watercolor Brush Markers – Spring…
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Inked Rose Stamp Set
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Kind Words Stamp Set
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Industrial Diamond Crisp Dye Ink
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Forever and Always Stamp Set
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6×6 Reflection Paper Pad
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Build-A-Flower: Gardenia
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